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Pitfalls People May Face When Buying a Franchise. Many buyers' problems stem from errors they made before signing on the dotted line. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2006
UPS Capital aims at franchise financing. UPS Capital is launching a franchise finance arm - UPS Capital Business Credit - and has hired "the grandfather of franchise financing" to run the enterprise. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2006
Wireless Toyz Targets 250 Stores by Year's End. Wireless Toyz doubled its retail store presence in 2005 and says it's poised to repeat the feat this year. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2006
WSI Executive to Earn Franchise Certification. Ms. Maribel Guiste, Vice President Operations at WSI will today be designated as a Certified Franchise Executive. .... [more] 28 Feb, 2006
Peach’s to franchise its popular restaurants. Peach’s, the wildly popular Bradenton-based restaurant group, has formed a separate company to award franchises under the name “Peach’s Rise and Dine Restaurants.” .... [more] 28 Feb, 2006
Cohen tapped as chairman of International Franchise Association. Lawrence "Doc" Cohen, president of Doc & Associates in Tomball, has been named chairman of the International Franchise Association. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2006
UPS Store dispute escalating. Three hundred The UPS Store owners plan to sue United Parcel Service Inc. and its subsidiary, Mail Boxes Etc., for undercutting their profits. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2006
RE/MAX commercial plans now in limbo. A plan for a local veteran of the real estate industry to open commercial RE/MAX branches in six Texas cities has failed to get off the ground. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2006
Ruby Tuesday Announces Saudi Arabia Expansion. Casual dining chain Ruby Tuesday, Inc. today announced the establishment of a Ruby Tuesday franchise in Saudi Arabia. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2006
Franchising an option for displaced boomers. As baby boomers turn 60, they may be feeling nostalgic about the early days of their careers, when job security actually meant something and a person could retire comfortably at 65. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2006
Pizza chain plans 300 locations in Florida. RedBrick Pizza Worldwide, a California-based gourmet pizza chain, opened its first Florida franchise location in Altamonte Springs Friday. .... [more] 27 Feb, 2006
The 25 Franchises That Made the Cut for Our List. Find out who got a spot on the StartupJournal Franchise High Performers list - and how they chose them. .... [more] 26 Feb, 2006
Burger King’s financial health improving. The difference at Burger King since Greg Brenneman took over in 2004 is clear: profits are small but growing, the company and its franchisees are in better financial health and... [more] 26 Feb, 2006
Local photo retailer merging with competitor. Moto Franchise Corp. will merge with Independent Photo Imagers and create one of the largest specialty photo retail chains in the country, the companies announced Friday. .... [more] 24 Feb, 2006
Ruling favors Thomas Kinkade franchisee gallery owners. An arbitration panel has awarded $860,000 to two former Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery owners who accused the so-called "Painter of Light" and his company of business fraud. .... [more] 24 Feb, 2006
Futures in Education Offers National Franchise Opportunities. Futures in Education, Inc., providing one-to-one individualized instruction, announced today it is offering national franchise opportunities. .... [more] 23 Feb, 2006
KFC franchise owners flock to convention. Coming off a year of solid sales growth at KFC, franchise owners from around the world began gathering Wednesday in Kissimmee for their annual convention. .... [more] 23 Feb, 2006
Camille’s recognized as healthy restaurant. Camille’s Sidewalk Café has been recognized by Gov. Mike Huckabee and his Healthy Arkansas Initiative by earning the Healthy Arkansas Restaurant Gold Award. .... [more] 22 Feb, 2006
40 Dunkin' Donuts shops planned for Buffalo area. A Dunkin' Donuts franchisee has bought the rights to develop 40 shops in the Buffalo market and is buying a former bakery building to support the stores. .... [more] 22 Feb, 2006
QuikDrop eBay Drop-Off Stores to Conduct Nationwide 'Store Tours' Open to the Public. QuikDrop International announced today that it is conducting in-store public tours of its eBay drop-off stores at dozens of locations from Los Angeles to New York. .... [more] 22 Feb, 2006
Lenny's Sub Shop Expands to Virginia. Lenny's Sub Shop today announced a franchise agreement that takes the quick-service restaurant chain into another new territory - Virginia. .... [more] 22 Feb, 2006

Club 50 Fitness Awards Nine-Unit Hawaii Franchise to Oahu Physician. Club 50 Fitness today announced that it has awarded a franchise to Dr. Richard Ridao for the island of Oahu, Hawaii. .... [more] 21 Feb, 2006
Peaberry Coffee seals deal on 11 stores. Peaberry Coffee Inc. of Denver has cemented its deal to transfer 11 leased store locations to Starbucks Corp. .... [more] 21 Feb, 2006
RadioShack CEO resigns amid resume questions. RadioShack's embattled president and CEO, David Edmondson, resigned Monday following questions about his resume's accuracy. .... [more] 20 Feb, 2006
Burger King Expects to Raise $400M in IPO. Burger King's parent company expects to raise up to $400 million in an initial public offering and said it will use the proceeds to pay down debt, according to regulatory documents filed Thursday. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2006
Franchisees sue Quiznos. Another group of Quiznos franchisees has sued the Colorado sandwich restaurant chain. .... [more] 16 Feb, 2006
Build-A-Bear Workshop Opens First Zoo Store At Saint Louis Zoo. Build-A-Bear Workshop is opening a store at the Saint Louis Zoo on Thursday, March 16, the first ever store located inside a zoo. .... [more] 15 Feb, 2006
California Pizza Inks Japan Franchise Deal. California Pizza Kitchen Inc. said Tuesday that it inked a franchising deal with WDI Corporation of Japan, setting the stage to open at least 15 locations throughout that nation over the next 10 years. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2006
Elite Med Spa Franchise Launched. Elite Med Spa Development Group, LLC today announced that it will franchise its medical spa concept, which has already been profitable at two locations. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2006
Ohio Real Estate Firm Discontinues GMAC Affiliation. Cutler Real Estate, formerly known as CUTLER/GMAC Real Estate, announced it is no longer affiliated with the GMAC franchise and will move forward as an independent firm. .... [more] 14 Feb, 2006
Franchising route taking Epcon to 32 states in '06. The growing tide of empty-nester adults buying condominiums has a Dublin builder continuing to expand its franchise network. .... [more] 13 Feb, 2006
Houston-area Krispy Kreme stores to become Jumbles Dough Factory. With Krispy Kreme on its way out of town, former Krispy Kreme franchisee Lone Star Doughnuts Ltd. will open Jumbles Dough Factory and Coffee Bar in the his five current Krispy Kreme locations. .... [more] 10 Feb, 2006
Subway franchisee launches delivery service in S.W. Florida. A successful beta test conducted by UDS, a 75-unit Subway franchisee group, has resulted in a full-scale launch of sandwich delivery service to the southwest Florida area. .... [more] 9 Feb, 2006
Advertising Super Bowl: Franchiser Domination Continues. For the 18th time since The American Association of Franchisees & Dealers (AAFD) began surveying the ratio of Super Bowl ads purchased by franchised and non-franchised enterprises, the franchisers continue to dominate. .... [more] 8 Feb, 2006
The Joys of Juggling More Than One Franchise. Some franchisees who diversify can squeeze new revenue streams out of the same territory. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2006
Toys R Us names new chairman and CEO. Toys R Us named Gerald Storch, former vice chairman of rival Target, to be its new chief executive and chairman. .... [more] 7 Feb, 2006
Ruby Tuesday Announces Stepped-Up Franchising. National casual dining chain Ruby Tuesday today announced an enhanced campaign to attract new franchisees, focusing on the western United States and international locations. .... [more] 6 Feb, 2006
Founder of golf store turned hobby into business. The founder of the Edwin Watts Golf Store is a 60-year-old with two children and five grands. He's also a golf nut who lives in Fort Walton Beach, Fla., who has turned his lifelong hobby into a multimillion dollar business. .... [more] 5 Feb, 2006
Hooters bets on Las Vegas casino. A franchisee of Hooters, known for its busty waitresses and Buffalo chicken wings, officially opened its first Hooters Casino Hotel Friday just a block from the Las Vegas strip. .... [more] 3 Feb, 2006
Burger King plans to file for initial public offering. Burger King's parent company said Wednesday it plans to sell shares to the public for the first time in the fast-food chain's 52-year history, part of its attempt to recoup ground lost in fierce competition with rivals. .... [more] 1 Feb, 2006
Franchises Great Option for 50+ Crowd. According to the American Association of Retired Persons, nearly half of the self-employment population is over 50, and about one in three self-employed workers age 51 to 69 made the transition to self-employment at or after 50. .... [more] 1 Feb, 2006
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